Monday, February 20, 2017
Season 36: 88-74, won Division, lost to Washington D.C. in first round
Big Offseason Moves: none...one of the league's quieter offseasons.
Outlook: Colorado's #8 offense does a little of everything - a little above league average in slugging (LF Borders, 3B Bacsik and 1B Miller with 26, 26, and 25 HR's), great at stealing bags (178 - Miller with 39 and Borders with 34), and decent at contact (.241 BA) and reaching base (.309). Departed SS Santo Peraza actually led the team in OBP last year with .384...if there's a concern on offense it's definitely in the reaching base department.
The Rockies' concentration of run production in 3 positions (1B, LF, 3B) does indeed translate to good defense elsewhere around the diamond (66/20 +/- plays and a .986 fielding %).
Their pitching staff has been around the middle of the pack for the last few seasons. #1 starter Stubby George has been a model of consistency and excellence his whole career, never posting an ERA above 3.75 and falling below 200 IP in only 1 complete season. He's started this season 3-1 with a microscopic 1.16 ERA. 5th-year man Amos Gregorio capably fills the #2 starter role. He boasts a career 3.77 ERA and has started well this year with a 2.16. Another hot starter - closer Norman Weston is 6-for-6 in save opportunities and has ridiculous .374 OPS-against .
The Rockies have won 4 straight West titles, and while the rest of the division is certainly gaining on them, they're the favorite until someone knocks them off.